Post # 1
So it’s 10 months to my wedding and I really want to start a skincare regimen now so that I have plenty of time for trial and error to find something that works.
I’ve got the every-pore-is-huge-and-clogged look going on on my nose and chin, and even a little bit onto my cheeks. I had been using 10% benzoyl peroxide cream for a few months with absolutely amazing results, but then suddenly one day I broke out in hives all over my face, and the only thing I could attribute it to was the cream (I didn’t eat anything I was allergic to that day, or put anything else on my face). So, bummer. The only thing that works to get rid of them, I’m now allergic to.
Does anyone know of a good way to clear out and shrink pores?? I can’t use Proactive because it’s BP-based. Salicylic acid doesn’t work one bit for me. I don’t know what else to try!
I’m at a loss here. What do you do for your clogged pores? What products, what techniques, what tips do you have?! I’m at a total loss. I’ve had these damn clogged pores since I was about 14, I’m freaking tired of them /:
Post # 3
I am like you, the “typical” treatments don’t work for me either, then I discovered that I have dry skin, and these treatments were making it worse. I also have very sensitive skin. I switched to bare minerals skin care for normal-dry skin, and it has done wonders with my skin. I make sure to mositurize and their fash wash is super gentle and makes my face feel so clean. (b/c it doesn’t have all the chemicals in it others do). Plus paired with their makeup, I actually break out more when I am not wearing it, vs when I wear it daily. So even if I am just sitting around the house, I make sure to put some on.
You may visit a dermatoligist (they kept prescribing me the usuals for acne prone skin), or I used the skin i.d. system to find out my skin type. (http://www.skinid.com/home2)
Hope this helps
Post # 4
I’ve been using a facial scrub that eliminates blackheads, in combination with a witch hazel toner – it’s really made the pores alone just look less noticable, and I’m thinking a mask one weekend might help too.
I’m also thinking of scheduling a facial… I’ve never had one, but figure it can be a “practice” if I want to get one pre-wedding.
Post # 5
Lol, my sister from another family <3
I have some serious Italian sized pores that clog up pretty lickity split if not properly maintained. Here’s what I do for my skin: (I’m a Mary Kay Consultant, so it’s mostly MK stuff haha)
I use the MK timewise skincare line as a wash/moisturizer 2x daily
For my pores I use the MK microdermabrasion set (but I’m assuming any microdermabrasion would help!) 2x weekly
I use a ‘even complexion mask’ 1x weekly
I drink TONS of water everyday (the less I drink, the more stretched my skin on my face starts to look, if I drink water the skin fills out and hides pores a little!)
I discovered in the past few years I am allergic to gluten, everytime I fib up and accidently eat anything with gluten my skin breaks out, I get hives, and my pores go enraged!! I know that gluten causes inflammation so even if you’re not allergic maybe try limiting your intake of it!
Zinc is really good for your skin, and dairy products can block the absorption of zinc, so take a zinc supplement if you consume lots of dairy! Zinc helps with inflammation =)
I’ve always had problem skin so I’ve read/tried just about every book/diet/medication out there with very little success, it took an entire change in my lifestyle to really control my skin!
Post # 6
@Miss Suburban: totally practice a facial pre-wedding if you want to get one!! I have a friend who went to a dermatologist to get her pores cleaned out like 3 days before her wedding and it turns out her skin didn’t like whatever the solution was…she was so red and blotchy =( She ended up getting her make up airbrushed on to cover up the redness. She was really upset…
Post # 7
@murmur: Haha gosh is it really an Italian thing? I’m 50% Italian…that could explain it!
Thanks for the advice so far ladies…!
Post # 8
I have the same problem and can’t use benzoyl peroxide either.
Post # 9
@BoiledPNut: Sucks doesn’t it? My cousin had the exact same type of skin I do but she started using Bridal Party and her skin is COMPLETELY flawless now. It looks airbrushed, yet she wears zero makeup. My skin was getting to be that way too until I developed the allergy…BOO.
Post # 10
I have a similar problem, and nothing really works that well. I’ve used salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, tetracycline pills, exfoliating scrubs, masks of every kind, various toners, pores strips, warming scrubs, everything. But the pores on and around my nose are just plain clogged. All the time. I’d love to hear if there’s anything that actually works to UNCLOG… and keep it unclogged.
Post # 11
Honestly I have very fair skin with large pores so my nose and chin were congested too. I started using the Clinique skin line which was helping but my skin has completely cleared up and is much healthier now when I discovered facials. I go once a month and I love it!
Post # 12
I hate clogged pores! I get a faciel every 2-3 months and the esthetician takes those suckers out! I also use a scrub 2-3 a week and use a toner.
Post # 13
I just had a chemical peel last week, in after one week of not going out in public (red face with gross looking marks) my face has shed all the impurities and it looks amazing. Really, it’s never looked this good. My pores are nice and small, and it’s just glowing. Since you have 10 months, I would consider giving that a try!
Post # 14
Glycolic acid will keep the blackheads from forming, it also brightens your skiin (and clarifies it) and is anti-aging. Not bad, eh!
Post # 15
@murmur: Great advice! I had no idea about the zinc… I’m going to add a supplement. I love the MK microderm and it definitely helps keep things looking clearer and brighter, so I 2nd that suggestion.
I also figured out that I was dehydrating my skin w/ Bridal Party and harsh cleansers and it was producing more oil to try and keep up. So I switched to Philosphy Purity Made Simple (cleanser) and have had no reaction or breakouts (Neutrogena just came out with a similar, less expensive version… it’s the one in the white pump bottle that’s mostly nautrally derived ingredients).
Definitely start using a light moisturizer too. You may have some initial breakouts if you aren’t used to it, but they will subside (it shouldn’t be small, rash-like bumps… if that happens, stop using it) and you should start to see glowier skin in a few weeks. I really like Philosphy Hope in a Jar. (Mary Kay is good too)
If you can, schedule a series of microderm or chemical peels. It’s worth the money and you will definitely see improvement. Start now, so you have time to get enough to make a noticeable difference before the wedding. I have acne spots and oily skin and my skin looked pretty darn great on my wedding day!
*Don’t get roped into the “designer” peels… Rejuvenize, Vitalize and Illuminize… they work, but they cost so much more and there are less expensive alternatives with the same results.
*Also, there are new forms of microderm that don’t use loose particles, look for those, b/c the loose form can clog pores.
So, my vote if for the chemical peel for the most dramatic difference!!
Post # 16
@Kant: I really like the sonic care brush. I know it’s pricy but it keeps my skin super clean!